Anthony Eaton’s “Nightpeople” is an interesting deviation to the usual post-apocalyptic fantasy novels, largely in that it has very clear Australian influences, especially indiginous Australian influences, in a way that is easy to read and easy to understand for most age levels.
The story is a little bit slow to get underway, and some people might have trouble with this, but from about a third in, the story picks up and becomes very engrossing.
If you are into science fiction novels, it also has influences there as well with what appear to be futuristic materials and flying machines, though we don’t know too much about them in this book. I’m looking forward to the second novel in the series to hopefully elaborate on these and explain them all. The end of the first novel does leave these pretty well uncovered and leaves the reader hanging, so the second hopefully will cover these things.
In saying that though, the novel does succeed in being potentially stand-alone in that even though there are things left unexplained and it ends with what is clearly intended as a cliff-hanger, it doesn’t leave you desperate to get the next book in the series as soon as possible as some authors manage to do – such as Robert Jordan in his “Wheel of Time” series or Traci Harding in her “Ancient Future” series. Whether this is intentional or not I don’t know, it could be seen as a good or a bad thing depending entirely on your point of view.
I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend Nightpeople as a deviation from the stereotypical sci-fi, fantasy or post-apocalyptic novels.